The Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications ("MIC") has just released the draft amendments on the Telecoms Law (the "Law") for public consultation. The deadline for the MIC to collect public consultative opinions will fall on Thursday, November 11 VNT. The draft amendments supplement and expand the scope of the Law to include telecommunications activities and add data centers, IoT connectivity, digital connection identifiers, business management telecommunications business including data center service business and IaaS service. The draft also proposes market management and regulation policies with the goal of creating a healthy competitive environment, promoting the development of the wholesale and retail market.

In connection with the Law's drafting process, there has been discussion in Vietnam whether businesses that provide streaming content should pay for network usage incurred to Internet service providers. 

I came across of an article in Vietnamese language and summarized the same in English below. 

Naver and Kakao ask businesses that provide streaming content to pay for network usage incurred to Internet service providers (ISPs).

  • Naver founder and chief investment officer Lee Hae Jin said that because they are paying for bandwidth usage, foreign businesses that use more network and data resources should also pay the ISP accordingly, only then will the competition be fair.
  • According to Korea Times, Naver and Kakao have to pay between KRW 70 and 100 million to ISPs every year to use their bandwidth.
  • Korea Communications Commission (KCC) Chairman Han Sang Hyuk responded that he will try to find a way to establish binding legal bases to require international content providers to pay ISPs for bandwidth usage.
  • Network neutrality is the top "hot" issue today in Korea. Other content streaming service providers claim that their services resemble consumer services paid for by end users. The ISP shall be compensated with the customer's monthly network bill.
  • However, the position of telecommunications companies is different. They argue that the streaming service providers should pay them more because their services burden the network with data traffic.
  • Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae In ordered government agencies to find possible solutions to solve the problem of network neutrality.

From the sound of this article, looks like the movement from telco may be escalated in the amendment of the Law being proposed by the MIC at the moment.